Using a points-based EOI selection system enables provinces to prioritize candidates with certain skills or demographic characteristics that meet regional labour market needs. An EOI system also enables provinces to streamline the selection process.
According to Ontario, the Expression of Interest system would allow Ontario to: • Increase the OINP’s labor market responsiveness and better respond to regional labour market needs; • Strategically manage high demand for the OINP thereby creating more predictability for applicants and employers; and • Manage OINP intake in a way that prioritizes the most suitable applicants
Previously, the five OINP streams used a first-come first-served approach for accepting applications. This means that applications are only accepted during designated intake periods. Many of the five OINP streams have been troubled by application intake challenges in the past. For example, both the Masters Graduate and Foreign Worker streams often open for only a matter of minutes before reaching capacity and closing again. This first-come first-served approach has been criticized for unfairly advantaging individuals with better computer and internet connectivity and the ability to monitor the program constantly for future intake rounds.
The new system will change that. Now candidates who want to apply for immigration through one of the OINP streams can register an EOI profile at any time. They do not have to wait until a scheduled intake period.
read the applicant requirements for your stream and ensure that you are eligible
register an expression of interest for one or more streams
The information you provide in your expression of interest must be accurate at the time you register or update your expression of interest.
You can only register one expression of interest per OINP stream at any given time.
There is no fee to register an expression of interest. If you are invited to apply to the program, you will be required to pay an application fee at that time. Application fees differ by stream.
How does the new OINP Expression of Interest System work?
Individuals would register with the OINP and be placed in a selection pool similar to the federal Express Entry system pool. Individuals would then be required to provide personal information and other labour market and/or human capital information that would form the basis of any Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Once submitted, your expression of interest registration will then be entered into a selection pool. Each OINP stream has its own selection pool. All candidates registering for the same stream will be placed in the same selection pool.
Points will be awarded based on the following attributes:
Level and field of education and where they completed their studies.
Proficiency in English or French.
Intention to settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
Skill and work experience level, earnings history, other factors relevant to prospects in Ontario job market.
Labour market needs in the province or region of the province.
Ontario will then invite highest scoring candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
An EOI registration does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply. The OINP will notify you or your representative if you have been invited.
Receiving an invitation is not the same as getting a provincial nomination from Ontario. You will have to meet all the eligibility requirements of the stream you are applying for in order to be nominated.
OINP Expression of Interest registration is valid for up to 12 months or until you receive an invitation. You may also choose to withdraw your registration. After 12 months, your EOI will be deleted automatically.
If you receive an invitation to apply but do not submit an application or fail to apply within the required timeline, your expression of interest will be removed from the stream selection pool (expressions of interest you may have registered for other streams will not be removed).
You will receive an email notification that your expression of interest has been removed from the selection pool. You may register a new expression of interest at any time.
What are the scoring factors and points?
The answers you provide to each question in your expression of interest registration will be scored based on several scoring factors. OINP will score your answers using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to assign points to your job offer and Canadian work experience. Find your job’s NOC to determine its skill level and type.